The Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett arrived in Batoche Friday to sign a historic agreement.
Bennett, who arrived by canoe, signed a framework agreement with Metis Nation-Saskatchewan to begin reconciliation negotiations at the Back To Batoche festival. The framework establishes a process for discussions and sets out key priorities for future negotiations, including self-governance and self-determination.
Two memorandums of understanding were also signed, one between the Saskatchewan School Board Association and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan. The MOU, according to a statement, is demonstration of the strengthening of “our commitment for success of Saskatchewan Métis students.”
SSBA President Shawn Davidson acknowledged while the MOU is still in it’s infancy, it’s goals are far reaching.
“The Métis way of life is part of our education system for all Saskatchewan students,” he said. “That’s not just the Métis students, but everyone else. So everyone is exposed to the rich culture of their people and everyone feels more welcome and included in our schools.”
(with files from CJWW)